A prominent philanthropic organization will announce on Thursday the first recipient of a portion of $5 million in grants for nonprofits in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The Marion and John E. Anderson Foundation will make the announcement along with local subsidiaries Bellows International, West Indies Company, Dorchester Insurance, TOPA Insurance, TOPA Properties, Leeward Islands Management Company and Caribbean Cellars BVI.
“We are very happy to make these donations in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria to nonprofits that have played such vital roles in the rebuilding efforts of the Virgin Islands,” said Judy Munzig, chairwoman of the foundation.
“Every person in the Virgin Islands was impacted, especially those in need, and the perseverance we have seen from our wonderful employees and the people of these territories was truly exceptional,” said Munzig.
During the next month, the Marion and John E. Anderson Foundation will announce the other recipients of the grants, who already have been chosen.
“As a born-and-raised Virgin Islander, I am so proud to have worked closely with the Marion and John E. Anderson Foundation and our local managers to secure such substantial gifts for so many nonprofits,” said Richard Berry, president of Leeward Islands Management Company.
“Historically, our local subsidiaries donate a considerable amount of resources to the community; however, in the aftermath of the hurricanes, we saw desperate need and felt compelled to make additional contributions,” said Berry.
The Marion and John E. Anderson Foundation is a philanthropic organization through which the Anderson family supports educational, health care, and other community-based organizations including UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and many other organizations.
The Anderson Grants in the USVI have supported teachers and their students for two decades.